The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary field, and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes they were able to offer without compromise this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim. The Original Pancake House is a second and third generation family business, which takes great pride in maintaining the high standards that make our food so outstanding. We now have over one hundred franchises from coast to coast, which have won local and national acclaim. Our recipes demand only the very finest of ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour, and our own recipe sourdough starter. Our batters and sauces are made fresh in each restaurant’s kitchen.
Our story begins 2000 miles away in Detroit, Michigan, where Mike Setili began his 40+ year restaurateur career as a bus boy. Working at The Original Pancake House Grosse Pointe location, Mike’s unbeatable work ethic and attention to detail allowed him to quickly rise through the ranks, learning every position along the way before being promoted to manager. In 1979, he drove across the country to San Diego to open the Convoy Street location while studying business at SDSU. After many years of success in Kearny Mesa, he opened his second location in Encinitas, California, where the famous chain was warmly welcomed.
He is now joined by his two children, who work to further their father's legacy and ensure that the restaurants remain family owned and operated for many years to come.